The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to restore 485 acres of rare grassland and oak woodland habitat at five of the most important prairie-oak conservation sites in the South Puget Sound region: Scatter Creek, Mima Mounds, West Rocky Prairie, Rocky Prairie, and Bald Hill. This project will acquire native seeds and transplants, prepare restoration areas for seeding by burning them and controlling invasive plants, and conduct seeding and replanting in these areas. Key invasive species will be targeted for control. The primary habitat type restored is grassland and oak woodland habitat.